Tag Archive: Politics

Los Problemas

On the Mexican American Holiday of Cinco de Mayo,  a symbolic Holiday representing liberation and freedom, the  Phoenix Suns will be wearing their Los Suns jerseys against the Spurs in protest of the new Arizona immigration bill SB 1070. The bill would allow authorities to question and search individuals who they suspect may be illegal immigrants and require them to have documents to be in the U.S. on them at all times. Many believe that this law encourages racial profiling of Hispanics and is at the center of  local and national political debate. The idea to wear the jerseys came from the team’s owner Robert Sarver who was born and raised in Arizona and is frustrated with the law. He stated

“However intended, the result of passing the law is that our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law are being called into question,” he said, “and Arizona’s already struggling economy will suffer even further setbacks at a time when the state can ill-afford them.”

The Suns opposing second round rival the San Antonio Spurs also motioned to wear the Spanish version of their jerseys although it was already too late for league approval to occur. Suns guard Steve Nash has openly spoke about his views on the law and wearing the jersey saying

“I think it’s fantastic (the jerseys).I think the law is very misguided. I think it’s, unfortunately, to the detriment of our society and our civil liberties. I think it’s very important for us to stand up for things we believe in. As a team and as an organization, we have a lot of love and support for all of our fans. The league is very multicultural. We have players from all over the world, and our Latino community here is very strong and important to us.”

The NBA as a whole has denounced the passing of the law and many athlete’s across the professional sports world are of Hispanic descent and/or from foreign countries including Nash who is originally from Canada. Unless some detailed modification takes place on the bill we can expect the controversial law to continue to generate more opposition.



New Cook County Board President On The Way

In last night’s Primary Election Alderman Toni Preckwinkle secured the Democratic nomination by having more than twice the votes of her competitors in a definitive victory. In the process she has ensured that current County Board President Todd Stroger will be replaced by either herself or her opponents, Republican Roger Keats or Green Party candidate Tom Tresser. Despite a low voter turnout Preckwinkle described her victory as a symbol of change from the controversial tax plan and hiring practices of Stroger who hired family members and friends into office.

Stroger finished last in the race with only 13 percent of votes making it one of the lowest turnouts in history for an incumbent President. Preckwinkle on the other hand took 49 percent of the votes on Tuesday and hopes to take her momentum into November with hopes of becoming the first African-American female Board President. Results are still pending for the Illinois race for Governor between Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes. With both candidates gaining almost 50% of the votes, Quinn is ahead by several thousand votes.